Golf Digest – How To Avoid Injury In 2012

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By Ron Kaspriske, Fitness Editor, Golf Digest

An often forgotten aspect of strength training is injury prevention. It’s great to have a rock-hard abdomen or be strong enough to lift 100 pounds over your head, but your first goal in the gym should be to improve your physical condition to avoid getting hurt. This is especially important for golfers, because the twisting/torquing/explosive action required in swinging a club often leads to pain and injury.
Talk with any of the top fitness trainers in golf, and they will tell you that injury prevention is No. 1 on their priority list. Let’s face it: If it weren’t, and one of their clients got hurt, they wouldn’t be in the fitness business very long.

Strength coach Ben Shear, who trains Luke Donald, Jason Day and Webb Simpson, among others, loves exercises that not only will make you stronger, but also will help you reduce the chance of getting hurt while playing.


Strength coach Ben Shear (@benshear on Twitter), who trains Luke Donald, Jason Day and Webb Simpson, among others, loves exercises that not only will make you stronger, but also will help you reduce the chance of getting hurt while playing. From his training center, Shear shows you two great exercises to not only strengthen your lower body, but also give your body some stability as it rotates during the golf swing.



If you’re a golfer and you’re about to start a training program with a qualified professional, ask for exercises that will give you better rotational stability. It’s paramount to playing the game healthy.


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